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Week of July 24: Stress in Academia, Classroom Collaboration, ReggieNet

Stressed-out professor

Learn to manage the stress of life in the academy.

All events are held at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) facilities in the Instructional Technology Development Center (ITDC) building unless otherwise noted. If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in an event, please call the CTLT main desk at (309) 438-2542.

Introduction to ReggieNet
Monday, July 24 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get a complete tour of ReggieNet, Illinois State’s learning management system, and its popular tools. Gain valuable ideas about ways to enhance your students’ learning experiences. You will leave this workshop with the basic skills to add learning materials, activities, and assessments to your individualized ReggieNet course site. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Stress in Academia
Facilitator: Deneca Avant, Social Work
Monday, July 24 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Stress in academia is a daunting reality. The ability to identify and manage stress can make the difference between professional success and personal neglect. Too often educators fail to acknowledge increased stress levels and properly balance self-care while concentrating on the institution of higher education. Occupational and personal stress poses a threat to physical health, which consequently contributes to the elevated levels of burnout and compassion fatigue that is frequently recognized in academia. This workshop presents an overview of managing stress and demonstrates how to apply various self-care approaches in everyday practice. Explore proven techniques and strategies that can set you on the route to a much calmer, happier, and fulfilled life.  A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

OneNote: Introduction (Online Workshop)
Tuesday, July 25 • 9 a.m. to noon

Transform how you take and share notes with Microsoft OneNote. Unlike a word processor, OneNote allows you to easily include images, videos, and audio clips anywhere on the page. Organize information into virtual notebooks that can be shared across all your devices and with others. This workshop shows you the basics features of OneNote, how to navigate the interface, and how to synchronize OneNote across mobile devices.

This workshop will be taught entirely online using Zoom, a new web-conferencing and learning platform at Illinois State. Participants will receive a link to the online learning space the day before the event. If you wish to participate but are not comfortable or experienced with online meetings, please contact to arrange a brief walk-through of the process.  Registration is required.

Screencast-O-Matic Pro
Tuesday, July 25 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Screencast-O-Matic is inexpensive, web-based software that allows you to record and narrate videos from your desktop. This workshop explores how to use this service to create material for a flipped, blended, or online course. Registration is required.

ReggieNet Tests & Quizzes
Wednesday, July 26 • 9 a.m. to noon

This workshop takes a more in-depth exploration of the Test & Quizzes tool in ReggieNet. Learn the options available for different types of assessments, explore different question types, and how to use Question Pools. We will also discuss instructional strategies for promoting academic integrity. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

The Collaboration Classroom: Theory and Practice
Wednesday, July 26 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Milner Library 213C

Welcome to Illinois State University’s newest teaching and learning space, the Collaborative Learning Classroom in Milner Library.  During this all-day session, you will explore theories of collaborative and cooperative learning, experience collaborative and cooperative learning first-hand, and consider how you can integrate these kinds of learning in to your teaching. Get an introduction to the various technologies available in the Collaborative Learning Classroom and learn how you can start using this space to provide your students with collaborative or cooperative learning experiences. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

ReggieNet Assignments
Wednesday, July 26 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore how to make best use of the Assignments tool in ReggieNet, as well as other methods for providing feedback to students. You will learn how to create group and peer-reviewed assignments, as well as how to download all student assignments at once. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required

Your Classroom Technology Policy
Wednesday, July 26 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Research shows that students respond better when instructors set clear guidelines about the use of mobile technology, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, in the classroom. But you don’t have to resign yourself to teaching in spite of digital distractions. Discover ways to collaborate with students at the start of the semester to create agreement over what is, and is not, the appropriate use of technology in your classroom. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Clickers: Introduction
Wednesday, July 26 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Clickers are audience response devices which allow instructors to poll a face-to-face class in real time, displaying the results, and engaging students in their learning. Responses can be recorded and incorporated into grades in ReggieNet. You will explore the latest, cloud-based polling system from TurningPoint, the official vendor for campus. Discover how to integrate polls into your PowerPoint presentations to create interactive lectures and keep your students engaged in the course material.  Registration is required.